Glasgow based Lola Dupré is a multicultural collage artist and illustrator currently working in Portugal. Lola creates surreal and fragmented portraits, she uses multiple prints of the same image in different sizes that are combined in one piece. The collage work is handmade with paper, scissors and glue and the process takes a long time, 20 to 30 hours per image.
Vasco Mourao is an architect and illustrator originally from Portugal who now lives and works in Barcelona. His densely illustrated cities and structures are drawn entirely by hand and while all are of course fictional places, they often incorporate real buildings.
Mourao has an unparalleled eye for detail and underlying structures that has led to a full-time career drawing buildings. He describes himself as having a ‘tendency for obsessive drawings,’ starting with an early focus on horses, but growing to encompass entire cities in his own intricate style.
Lisbon, Portugal based collagist and graphic designer Raf Cruz is influenced by various different things he sees and hears – politics, news, emotions/gestures, jazz, colors, book covers and graphic arts, the Russian avantgardists, the dadaists, the renaissance and sustainability just to name a few. Since childhood, Cruz has created images from scratch using collage as a paradoxical tool to escape from reality yet remain in the midst of things. Some pieces are totally disturbing, others are simple and fun. Colorful and colorless, they bring relieve even if they are not as sweet as we are expecting.
He uses old print materials like magazines, books and even school manuals to crafts the collages and builds them either by hand or in digital form. Anyway, the results are illustratively absurd and vivid ensembles expressing an emotional and dramatic world, where the dark, ironic and even comic elements are living side by side in beautiful harmony.
Porto, Portugal-based José Cardoso has been working on a new series of headshots where he tries to explore not only the boundaries between classic photography and basic sculpting but also digital and analog image making.
Cardoso, who creates under the name “Ze,” has his subjects squish and twist an orange-sized piece of the modeling dough into any shape they chose. Then he photographs their creations and photoshops them onto portraits of those individuals.
Alexandre Farto also known as VHILS just wrapped up an important 3month exhibition in Portugal titled, ‘DISSECTION’ curated by João Pinharanda for the EDP Foundation. Watch the video and check out his striking landmark exhibition:
“Dissection aims to be an in-depth reflection on the urban space, taking as starting point several of the structural elements that compose it. The artist’s intention is to establish a progressive path through several interconnected environments purposefully built in the museum’s space which enables the viewer to experience the passage from a dimension of noise, chaos and visual saturation – expressing life in contemporary cities – to a neutral setting where he proposes to conduct a methodical dissection of those same urban elements with recourse to the unconventional media and destructive techniques which he has been exploring in his work.
Objects inherent to the urban space which speak of life in the cities are here recontextualised and neutralised with white, eliminating contrasts, details and other characterising marks capable of distracting the viewer. This reflection enables to highlight the essential contained in the elements worked by Vhils through a practice of dissection following different cutting typologies that allow for a comprehensive view of the whole, free of interferences.
This operation of neutralisation permits a clinical, distanced reading, a critical de-composition which enables the unveiling of what lies beneath the several layers that compose these familiar elements which we face daily in a benumbed, unresponsive way. By confronting the viewer with this act of methodical separation, Dissection aims to foster a better understanding of the reality of the contemporary city and the complex web of reciprocal influence which gives form and substance to the relationship between it and its inhabitants.” – João Pinharanda
Barcelona based artist, ARYZ, world renown for his elegant murals of gargantuan proportion has recently completed his third mural of this year. Standing at least 13 stories high, the new mural titled ‘Príap i Demèter‘ is in Granollers, Catalunya.
His previous mural before that titled ‘Tempus fugit‘ was installed in Lagos, Portugal, where a lonesome skeleton takes pose with his floating camera:
Before Lagos, Aryz was in Linz, Austria with another gigantic mural, ‘Overprotection‘ jealously mad dogging the city river.
We anticipate more beautiful murals to come, equally ambitious and elegant. We’re keeping an eye out in anticipation of his next move. To be continued.
Vhils continues to be one of the best around. His new piece for the Walk & Talk Festival in Portugal looks as if it was made in some distant Roman Empire only to be discovered now. The man is a Stand Out. (via Vhils)
When you think of good design and music, I generally think Jazz. And Jazz album covers, photographs, and posters. Last year for the Guimarães Jazz in Portugal, Atelier Martino&Jaña teamed up with illustrator Alexsandra Niepsui to create these fantastic Jazz posters that we most definitely want up in our house. (via)